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Oak Valley Severing Ties With Dignity Health

After a 15-year relationship, Oak Valley Hospital is ending its association with Dignity Health, formerly Catholic Healthcare West, the hospital announced on Monday, May 13.

May 13, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Treat Mom To Weekend Railroad Excursion

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) plans to treat moms extra special this Mother's Day ‑ on Sunday, May 12 ‑ by pulling out the famous "Movie Star Locomotive" Sierra No. 3 for weekend excursion train rides and also giving away complimentary commemorative Belgian chocolate bars to all mothers who take a train ride (while supplies last). For those wanting to treat mom extra special on Mother's Day, there will be a first-class train ride available as well.

May 10, 2013 | | Local News


Stanislaus County Fire Agencies Prepare For Wildland Fire Season

Stanislaus County fire officials are preparing for the upcoming fire season by conducting a regional training on May 9th-14th, 2013 at Modesto Reservoir. The Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Protection District, Ceres Fire Department, Oakdale Fire Department and Modesto Regional Fire Authority are managing this regional training. The primary goal of the exercise is to meet the minimum annual training mandates for firefighters participating in regional firefighting efforts.

May 09, 2013 | | Local News


OID Vote - Westlands Water Sale Cleared

A one-year water transfer contract with the Westlands Water District (WWD) was unanimously approved at the May 7 regular meeting of the Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors. There are some conditions on the contract that first protect OID water users before any transfer.

May 08, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Deadline Looms For Irrigated Lands Coalition

It's the "last call" to join the East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition, also known as the Irrigated Lands Coalition, said Tom Orvis, Governmental Affairs Directors for the Stanislaus County Farm Bureau, at the recent Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors meeting. He said the deadline is Monday, May 13.

May 08, 2013 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Outbreaks Suggest Busy Fire Season

California has already experienced an increase in fire activity, and to ensure Californians are ready, Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. has declared May 5-11, 2013 as "Wildfire Awareness Week." During Wildfire Awareness Week Cal Fire is reminding residents of the dangers from wildfires and the simple steps that should be followed to prepare and prevent them.

May 08, 2013 | | Local News


Hundreds Participate In Love Oakdale

Over 300 concerned citizens came out and participated in the Love Oakdale event on Saturday, May 4.

May 08, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Mother Gets Nine Year Sentence In Baby Death

Nicole Todd-Smith, the mother of the 44-day-old baby that died of a methamphetamine overdose in December, was sentenced to nine years in prison on Tuesday, May 7.

May 07, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Women's Club Gathers Tuesday

Members of the Oakdale Women's Club will gather for their monthly luncheon meeting on Tuesday, May 7.

May 06, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Day-Use Fees Waived For Military Families At Corps Parks

Active military service members and their families are invited to enjoy free access to day-use facilities throughout the Sacramento District and at any of the more than 2,500 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks across the nation.

May 04, 2013 | Report Abuse account | Local News


Short Agenda For Council Meeting

A brief agenda is on tap for the Oakdale City Council Meeting for Monday, May 6.

May 03, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Air Officials Issue North Valley Health Caution

Wildfires in Tehama and Sacramento counties are sending smoke to the northern Valley counties of the Air District, especially San Joaquin and Stanislaus, prompting local air officials to issue a health cautionary statement.

May 02, 2013 | | Local News


Hospital Board Tables Decision On Foundation

After taking public criticism for voting to shut down its popular maternity ward a few months ago, Oak Valley Hospital officials are considering another controversial decision – disassociation with the well-liked and admired Oak Valley Hospital Foundation.

May 01, 2013 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Volunteers Prepare For Love Oakdale

More than 20 projects are going to be on the list when volunteers gather for Love Oakdale on Saturday, May 4.

May 01, 2013 | Marg Jackson | Local News


Awareness Forum

A Public Safety Awareness Forum is being hosted by the City of Oakdale on Thursday, May 9 at the Gene Bianchi Community Center. Slated from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the 'Awareness Matters' forum is designed to help attendees learn about safeguarding home, family and community; preparing for an emergency in case of fire or other disaster; and decreasing the likelihood of being targeted by criminals.

May 01, 2013 | | Local News


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Employee Action - Stanislaus Consolidated Settles Lawsuits

The actions of a former embattled Stanislaus Consolidated fire chief, who himself was the plaintiff of his own lawsuit last year, has resulted in the approval of settlements in three separate actions filed by subordinate employees in 2011 and 2012.

June 25, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Fire Contract - Council Moves Forward, Re-Opens Hershey Sale

The cost-saving move to contract with Stanislaus Consolidated Fire District for fire department services moved to its final step with a presentation by Stanislaus Consolidated Fire Chief Randall Bradley at the Monday June 16 Oakdale City Council Meeting.

June 18, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Reptiles Visit Library

Lizards, snakes, a big, hairy spider, and an extra-large cockroach were found in the front room of the Oakdale Library on June 5 – much to the delight of library visitors.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


OID ‘Very Good’ Financially

The financial condition of the Oakdale Irrigation District is in "very good" shape, according to the district's auditor Brian Nash of Richardson and Company.

June 18, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


Local Realtors Express Fury With City

Learning of the city's move to go with Prudential Commercial Real Estate of Modesto to list the Downtown Hershey Building caused Oakdale real estate agents to voice their ire towards city officials at a monthly Realtors meeting at the Oakdale Country Club on Thursday, June 12. In return, the city has reversed its decision to contract with Prudential Commercial Real Estate and will now reintroduce the item at Monday's June 16 city council meeting.

June 13, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program? Part II – Second Amendment In The Crosshairs

(Editor's note: This is the second of a two-part piece. Part 1 was featured last week)

June 11, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


Richard Paloma to appear on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM today at 4pm

Oakdale Leader reporter, Richard Paloma, will be appearing on Power Talk Radio 1360 AM on the Dave Bowman Show today at 4:00 pm. Paloma will be discussing his article from today's Leader on firearm seizures by the DOJ.

June 04, 2014 | | Local News


Visitors Bureau Focusing On Public Market

With the goal of taking the weekly farmer's market and making it into an area known public market, the Oakdale Travel and Visitors Bureau (OTVB) along with Roger Brooks of Brooks International, recently completed a day-and-a-half community workshop at the Gene Bianchi Community Center to improve tourism to the city.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


City’s Proposed Budget Presented To Council

Because the Measure O sales tax enhancement carries the city through March 2015, the preliminary 2014-2015 budget presented by Oakdale City Manager Bryan Whitemyer at the Monday, June 2 city council meeting didn't foresee any service cuts.

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


APP: Stat Game Or Effective Program?

(Editor's Note: This is the first in a two-part special series.)

June 04, 2014 | Richard Paloma | Local News


No 10-Day OID Rotations

"In light of drought and continuing water conditions," the Oakdale Irrigation District will forgo 10-day irrigation rotations for the 2014 water season, which will also leave some water in the district's "conservation account" at New Melones Reservoir, said OID General Manager Steve Knell at the June 3 regular meeting of the OID Board of Directors.

June 04, 2014 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News


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